Those of us who’ve rejected the idea of a coercive state are frequently told that we need to be realistic and support government. Others tell us that we need to support “limited” government or “small” government. But what they never realize — and what we don’t point out often enough — is that they’re the starry-eyed idealists, not us.
I came across a concise and excellent quote from Brad Spangler that we should all learn to say when statists tell us to be realists. Spangler is the director of the Center for a Stateless Society. Save the graphic here and make it into posters if you want. (Click on it for a larger size.)
“Anarchists are the hard-nosed realists. People who have this fixation on some ideal government, which isn’t fundamentally just a criminal gang with flags, are the starry-eyed dreamers without a firm grasp on reality.”
Those of us who are looking to build free societies in a post-statis world aren’t the utopians. We recognize that human beings are going to abuse power if you give it to them. Only utopians could believe that you can give control over money and power to an elite — and expect that elite not to make up rules to their own benefit.
The idea of a limited or small government is a utopian delusion. Those with a firm grasp on reality will work to figure out how to let groups of people live in peace under the rules they choose for themselves.